For the sake of honesty, let me note couple of the members of the cast of Broken Fences are friends. I'm also a fan of several other cast members.
I'm not familiar with the playwright, Steven Simoncic, nor director Andre Barron, and have only seen a reading or two at the Road Theatre Company before now.
The story as written reminded me of those "well made plays" of the 1950s and 1960s, albeit with an edgier more modern sensibility. A young white couple expecting their first baby, can afford to buy a house in an area once pretty much a ghetto but now changing. The play focuses on this couple, along with some of their friends, in contrast to the family next door--one who've called this area home for generations. Home. That idea pervades the story and characters. The search for a home, the fierce desire to preserve one, the tricky act of defining just what makes a home, plus the equally tricky question of what one does with it. Do you set down roots? Build a castle wall? Leave to find/create a new home?
One thing in particular seems most impressive about the play--that it never suggests some neat answer. Like life, such rarely exists. We do the best we can. This follow through even to the last moments, where Simoncic showed the great skill to allow events to give us the stopping point rather than words. The stopping point, not the end. Again, like life, doesn't seem like there really is an end.
Broken Fences by the Road Theatre Company plays the Noho Senior Arts Colony, 10747 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood CA 91601 Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm through April 3, 2016.